The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has extended its “no sail order” for all cruise ships.
The CDC new order from April 9th says that cruise ships have to cease operations for up to 100 days, or the expiration of the Secretary of Health and Human Services’ declaration that Covid-19 constitutes a public health emergency, or if the CDC Director rescinds or modifies the order.
Many cruise ship lines have already voluntarily suspended most of their operations, with four of the cruise lines belonging to the world’s largest cruise operator, Carnival Corp saying at the end of March that they would be extending the suspension of all voyages by a month to May. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd said it would be suspending service until at least May 12th. About 100 cruise ships are reported to be remaining at sea off the various US coasts. There are nearly 80,000 crew onboard. The CDC observed that there were 20 cruise ships at port or anchorage in the United States with known or suspected Covid-19 infection among the crew who remain onboard